Smith begins construction on controversial building.

If you drove down Belmont Avenue in Northampton, Massachusetts last night, you’d see three large houses that are mostly dark, in a neighborhood of well-lit homes. After several years of planning and meetings, Smith College is starting construction on Ford Hall, its new science and engineering building. The College’s plan has been a contentious issue for the community surrounding the campus. Smith will soon be demolishing those darkened houses. The residents are required to move out by January 31st. WFCR’s Tina Antolini has this report.